Computer data logging is the process of recording events in a computer program, usually with a certain scope, in order to provide an audit trail that can be used to understand the activity of the system and to diagnose problems.

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Adding Logging to a pre-existing Program

I have a game that I have been writing in java as a hobby for a number of years. I have very sparse logging, just some simple output when something goes really wrong. It's about 25,000 lines of code. ...
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Logging function names on systems with few (memory and space) resources

Our logging module has a buffer that often gets full and we are searching for a solution to shorten our logs, without making any compormise in performance. The code is written in C++ and currently we ...
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Exception handling and 3rd party library

I'm currently having an issue with a 3rd party control library provider. They have an exception occulting culture that gets in the way of my general fail-fast approach when developing software. An ...
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How to retrofit a program using log4j to use logstash instead?

I have a legacy java program that uses log4j. I would like to use the centralization features that logstash provides. How can I do this without modifying the original program? I don't have any ...
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Convention for logging within nested try catch blocks

I've looked at this question but it doesn't really help solve my dilemma. System 1 calls system 2 within a try catch, the method in system 2 has it's own try catch, which sadly handles an exception ...
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Tracing and visualizing trace on a timeline [on hold]

I am working on a c++ library, which performs frequent communication with a piece of hardware. I need a way to instrument my code with tracepoints, that I can afterwards visualize the execution of on ...
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How do we sequence logs from different services in a system?

So, if I am designing a system as a set of different roles (client, app-server, backend services 1 to n). Each of these roles will have their own logging mechanism. I can aggregate all the logs at one ...
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Exception messages and event logging - which tense to use?

Do you have best practices regarding to which tense to use in message when you're coding exception-throwing or message-logging code: "Could not acquire connection from DataSource" versus "Can not ...
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Printing to out vs Logging, given the nature of this app?

I'm writing a command line application in Java. That app will scan a list of remote resources, do several attempts to access those resources, report failed attempts, and if succesfully accesed, ...
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Tracing and Logging per item instead of per application

I'm building a service in .NET that process "things" in the background and I'd like to trace the execution of these things per item, not per application. Most logging frameworks (I'm familiar with ...
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Log to file or to database table?

I'm developing a web application which uses MS SQL for various data: including users, user accounts, user licenses, license prices, invoices. I need to log users' real-time usage of the system, and ...
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Should I put logging in common shared libraries? [duplicate]

Should you add logging to common libraries that are used in many applications? For example, if I have a parser that's used in multiple apps, should I add logging inside the parser? My concern is that ...
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How should I handle logger failures?

In several of our company's applications, we use a custom logger. It's fairly robust, though we may replace it with something like NLog in the future. One of the logger's tasks is to log any ...
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“Grep” that highlights instead of filter [closed]

I was wondering if there is a program in the common unix toolset such as grep that instead of filtering the lines that contain a string, simply outputs the same input but highlighting or coloring the ...
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Is console logging inappropriate for chatty applications?

12 Factor states that applications should log to the console, those console logs should should be unbuffered, and the logs should be redirected to someplace useful (file, database, whatever). But ...
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What possible things to log in mvc webapp [closed]

I'm about to learn to handle logging in my c# asp.net mvc app and are going to store my log in a noSQL-db. How to handle the logging is done. The thing is I'm having a hard time to figure out possible ...
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Store an object's name in the object or externally?

I'm in the process of building an application which needs extensive logging of points in time at which certain events happen. For example when it renders a sequence of different shapes to the screen ...
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Alternative to printing debug information to stdout\stderr [duplicate]

I currently have a long running application on an embedded Linux environment and all debug messages are currently being outputted to stdout using printf. This isn't ideal for special users who ...
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Design Logging (or: notify) architecture in application [duplicate]

Update: I edited my question to make my intentions more clear. So I think this question about logging will be different to the often asked questions. First things first: I have an application that ...
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Distinct Log and Trace for each object in .NET [closed]

I am dealing with very complex objects in .NET (in my case a finite element model that can consist of thousands of other objects say a Model instance have a large list of Element instance). I would ...
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Logging instance information in Exceptions

During development on a large existing codebase I've started to capture variable values in my Exception logging. For example: public int Foo(int a, int b) { int returnInt; try{ returnInt ...
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Logging Exception in multi-tier application

I'm building a multi-tier enterprise application using Spring. I have different layers: Controller, Business and Provider. Within the application I've built a custom error handling mini-framework that ...
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Why do a lot of logging frameworks provide individual methods instead of a enum 'level'?

I see some of the more preferred logging frameworks like log4j, log4net etc all use 'trace, debug' etc methods. Why do they use these instead of methods that take something like a enum level?
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Log within try-catch or after? [closed]

Should one log success of an operation within a try-catch-block, or after it? Example: try do x log('successful') catch log('fail') end or is this better: try do x catch ...
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What is your approach to debugging a transient problem [closed]

I am working on a system that controls a label printer and occasionally the label printer will print the same label 2,3,...,10 times. The error is transient, occurring once per 3000-4000 (once a ...
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Way for java program to read file from when it was stopped

I am working on an application that reads a log file, looks for a specific string, sends alert emails and saves data from the file into a database. The reading functionality is working well, but I am ...
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What is the best way to get a method name in runtime?

Here is a little background of my problem: I implemented a singleton logger class which is being called from several projects. I want to log the name of the class as well as the name of the method ...
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Is ok to leave untranslated advanced log?

I just had a little fight with my boss over this topic (well, the boss always wins so I will do what he wants to be done) but I'd like to have the opinion of others about this: We are making a ...
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How should I handle measurement logging in my Discrete Event Simulation engine?

I'm attempting to build a Discrete Event Simulation library by following this tutorial and fleshing it out. How should I handle logging metrics in my Discrete Event Simulation engine? If you don't ...
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Logging system interactions as a user vs as a flag

When running a site that has a CRM with a logging facility that logs users interactions (someone changing a name, address or user permission etc), is it better to log system interactions (automated ...
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Logging events for reporting purposes

Are there any design patterns or best practices around logging events for use in reporting and BI systems. For example in a system which manages orders from a website, it would be beneficial if a ...
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Exception when logging exception: is it correct to ignore them?

My question is specific to php, but i think it can be useful in other languages. I log into a table all the exception a code can throw: try{ //Some code } catch (Exception $e) { $log = new ...
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How do I implement the OpsDB from Release It! by Michael T Nygard

I have recently been reading the Release It! book by Michael T Nygard.In the book he talks about Implementing an OpsDB to manage and record performance statistics of applications. Has anyone ...
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How can I make my logging more useful? [duplicate]

I tend to find that after I build an application, the logs emitted by it become near useless and completely unparseable, and has the problem of being really verbose, while not outputting important ...
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One Event Sent to Multiple Listeners, Want to Log Notification Once

I have a system in place where a Cache is made up of many Cache Nodes. When one is added, a CacheNodeAdded event is raised by the Cache. The Cache has a redundant set of Monitors listening for ...
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Logging in a latency sensitive system

Requirements: My application is latency sensitive. Millisecond level responsiveness matters. Not all the time, but when it acts, it needs to be fast. My application needs to log information about ...
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Logging page/session ID in an inner module

We have a C# ORM module that generates queries. It logs generated queries and other information into the error/trace file. It is used by our web application. Most of our queries are generated ...
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how should I handle server error during ajax logout?

I need to write a handler for server error during user logout. What is a common practice? ajax.post({ url: '/auth/logout' }).done(function (response) { switch (response.statusCode) { ...
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Strategy to store/average logs of pings

I'm developing a site to monitor web services. The most basic type of check is sending a ping, storing the response time in a CheckLog object. By default, PingCheck objects are triggered every minute, ...
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Do we need Logging when doing TDD?

When doing the Red, Green & Refactor cycle we should always write the minimum code to pass the test. This is the way I have been taught about TDD and the way almost all books describe the process. ...
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Logging in a distributed system

We have several application servers (and different applications) running on Amazon AWS and our main method of logging is a combination of statsd, carbon/graphite, and an alert system based off of the ...
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It is bad practice to hard couple logging interface/implementation with business model classes?

Should we avoid using logging in business model classes and try to move logging to service/controller classes? In for example java context, logging in model classes will hard couple the code with ...
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debugging web applications using debug parameter

A suggestion has been made by a team member to leave all debug code intact in our web pages... and then to create a variable that can be turned on / off to enable / disable debugging. This is a ...
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When should a database table use timestamps?

First a note, I thought maybe this question belonged in the database exchange, but I think it is more broadly related to a programming solution as a whole than to databases. Will move to database ...
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Who actually performs the task of log rotation?

I know log rotation is a feature seen in application servers like Oracle's Weblogic. I would like to understand: What is actually meant by log rotation? What is it useful? Who performs the task? ...
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Is it normal to write all logs into a single file?

Our teamlead said that many files much worse than a single, despite of we are working on a big project. He argued that our customers could more easily send logs to us if there will be just a single ...
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processing Postfix log with python

I need to process all log messages from Postfix (/var/log/mail/mail.log), and print a summary/statistics (how many emails were sent/received and from/to which email addresses) The situation is made ...
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Which design pattern is more suitable for logging?

I should log some events in a program but as far as I know it would be better to keep the logging code outside the program because it is not about the real functionality of the program. So may you ...
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finding patterns into logs

I am trying to put together a way to figure out if incidents occurred based on log content. Typically, on log (or db table) would contain a list of transactions composed as follow: {Timestamp} ...
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Verbose or concise logging [duplicate]

I was wondering how much data should be logged. I know this deeply depends on multiple factors. But it can still be hard to find the golden middle way. Lets say I have an application where people ...